South are ready for Caledonia

The South of Scotland rugby team to face Caledonia (Caley Reds) at Riverside Park, Jedburgh on Tuesday (November 8 at 7.30pm, has been announced.

It will be only the third time this century that a full South XV made up of club players within the Scottish Borders will wear the famous red and white hooped jerseys.

Coaches Chris Dalgleish and Kevin Barrie have selected six from Gala in the starting line-up, with four each from Jedforest and Hawick and two from Selkirk. Injuries to James Bett and Craig Cowan have given opportunities to Chris Weir and Curtis Reynolds, who have come into the squad.

Interest in this special game has resulted in the pre-match dinner featuring former Selkirk, South of Scotland, Scotland and British Lion player, John Rutherford, has totally sold out and there’s a tremendous buzz in the Borders, with the hope from many players and spectators that competitive District Rugby will return on a regular basis in the near future to the Scottish Rugby calendar, offering a real opportunity for club players to test themselves at a higher level.

Since the final official South of Scotland match in 1995 against Griqualand West at Netherdale, the South has been resurrected on two occasions. In 2009 The South beat Northumberland at Netherdale, while two years later at Mansfield Park they also beat a strong Barbarians side.

Two South players from that game will be running out against Caledonia on Tuesday – Bruce McNeil, who captained the side that day, and Gregor Young. South team v Caledonia:

15 LEWIS YOUNG (Jedforest)

14 GRAHAM SPEIRS (Gala)

13 GREGOR YOUNG (Jedforest)

12 LEE ARMSTRONG (Hawick)

11 DARREN CLAPPERTON (Selkirk)

10 GREGOR HUNTER (Gala) CAPTAIN

9 SEAN GOODFELLOW (Jedforest)

1 SHAWN MUIR (Hawick)

2 MATT CARRYER (Gala)

3 CHRIS KEEN (Gala)

4 GREGOR LAW (Jedforest)

5 ANDREW RENWICK (Selkirk)

6 GRAHAM LOUW (Gala)

7 STUART GRAHAM (Hawick)

8 BRUCE McNEIL (Hawick) VICE CAPTAIN

REPLACEMENTS

16 CALLUM MacKINTOSH (Hawick)

17 CONNOR HOGG (Jedforest)

18 CURTIS REYNOLDS (Gala)

19 IAN WALLACE (Kelso)

20 CHRIS WEIR (Gala)

21 ANDREW TAIT (Kelso)

22 ROSS NIXON (Selkirk)

23 CRAIG ROBERTSON (Gala)

COACHES: Chris Dalgleish (Gala) & Kevin Barrie (Jedforest)

TEAM MANAGER: Neil Hinnigan (Kelso)